W W W. H Y D R O O N E . C O M / S AV E E N E R G Y Use appliances safely ·Be sure that any appliance you buy carries the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) label to indicate that it meets safety standards. conserving energ y together Using Appliances We can help ·Larger appliances should be on their own circuit. If you’re H y dro O ne No-cost low-cost tips for wise appliance use The cost of operating appliances typically makes buying new appliances, check your circuit box to ensure you aren’t overloading it. up 15 per cent of your total energy bill. And since ·For energy-efficient operation, vacuum condenser coils around some of them run all the time, it’s worth thinking refrigerators and freezers at least once every six months. And be sure to unplug the units first for safety’s sake. W W W. H Y D R O O N E . C O M / S AV E E N E R G Y about using appliances as wisely as possible. Doing laundry? Take control On your washer, make use of the temperature control. Most loads can be washed in cold or warm water. Reserve the hot water for the very dirty loads and always use a cold rinse. ·Do not use extension cords for major appliances. Extension cords can present a fire hazard. ? For more energy efficiency information Do you have an old fridge in the basement or at the cottage? It could be a real energy hog. Either replace or unplug it when you don’t need it. You’ll see a big difference in your electricity bill. visit www.HydroOne.com/SaveEnergy and: The Natural Resources Canada EnerGuide Directory, which lists all major appliances for sale in Canada, can be viewed at www.oee.nrcan.gc.ca/publications/infosource/pub/ appliances/2010 The Office of Energy Efficiency of Natural Resources Canada at www.oee.nrcan.gc.ca How to reach us © Copyright Hydro One Inc. Web: www.HydroOne.com Customer Communications Centre (7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET) 1-888-664-9376 Power Outages and Emergencies: (24 hours) 1-800-434-1235 Fax: 1-888-625-4401 Mail: Hydro One P.O. Box 5700 Markham, Ontario L3R 1C8 Ways to save Do you need to preheat the oven? · Think of the “second price tag” While preheating the oven is required for baking, it’s not necessary for other uses like roasts or casseroles. Use only the heat you need and save. · Shopping tips Wait until the dishwasher is full An uncrowded fridge works more efficiently than a crowded one. Freezers work best when they are two-thirds full. ·N o-cost low-cost tips for wise appliance use · Time-of-Use tips FPO Use the sensor cycles on your dryer instead of timed dry cycles to save energy. This helps avoid over-drying. What’s in your fridge or freezer? The Ontario Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure at www.mei.gov.on.ca Call: Your dryer’s sensor cycles help you save Replace that old second fridge Running a halfempty dishwasher uses the same amount of energy as a full one. Save more by using the no-heat drying option. ? More details and tips More details and additional no-cost low-cost tips are available at www.HydroOne.com/ SaveEnergy HYDRO ONE W W W. H Y D R O O N E . C O M / S AV E E N E R G Y Shopping Tips: Time for new appliances? Think of the second price tag. Let the EnerGuide label help you decide All new major appliances carry an EnerGuide label to show that appliance’s energy consumption and a CSA label to indicate that it meets safety standards. EnerGuide labels tell you how many kWh of energy you can expect that model to use each year. Appliances are built to last. An average freezer lasts 21 years, stoves and clothes dryers about 18 years, refrigerators about 17, clothes washers about 14 and dishwashers 13 years. If you have appliances that are older than the average, consider replacing them with more efficient ones. If you’re shopping for new appliances, consider the second price tag – the long-term operating cost. Refrigerator and freezer energy efficiency tips Put refrigerators and freezers away from heat sources such as direct sunlight, the stove or the dishwasher. The best temperature to set the refrigerator section is about 3°C (37°F). The freezer should be about -18°C (0°F). Check your refrigerator’s door seal by closing the door on a $5 bill. If it’s held tightly in place, the seal’s OK. If not, the door should be adjusted or the seal replaced. If you require a stand-alone freezer, consider chest freezers as they are more efficient than upright ones. 21 18 17 14 13 Tim e-o f-U W se Tip ith T s ime -of-U are bro se r ken ates on-p into , we eak t ekd h ree , mi ays All rate d-pe wee s a : k k end and at o s an off-p ff-pe Manage the Second Price Tag d ho eak ak r lida . ates Yo ys a u ca . of Appliances: re nm bill ana The cost of electricity over time can be by t ge y i m our e-sh off-p elec iftin more than the cost of the appliance itself. eak trici ga hou ty spe c Use your dishwasher’s t i r vitie s. B cial Be sure to read the EnerGuide label and e su s to atte that re to ntio controls to save use n to plan when you use your appliances. pay the a p Use the short cycle or econo-wash plia mos Use nce t ele app s c t lian ricit mode if possible. If there’s an energy and ces y. dish (wa w sher efficient switch that turns off the heating the features to your best advantage. or o ash , dr er) a ther y e f o t r er 7 ff-pe element during the drying cycle, use it. When it is time to purchase a new If y :00 ak h our p o . u m rs. app . washer, consider a front-loading them lian ces t o hav Cook up some savings run model. They use less water and, e tim duri ng o e r s, se When appropriate, use the broiler. It saves due to high-speed spinning, ff-pe t ak h o urs. energy and requires no preheating. For cookreduce drying time. ing small quantities, consider using the micro- Never vent your dryer indoors. It can be very dangerous due to moisture, fibres and chemicals in the dryer exhaust. wave, toaster oven or slow cooker. You can save up to 50 per cent of your cooking energy costs by using a microwave oven. Energy-efficient laundering Avoid partial loads, but don’t overload. Organize your Clean the filter between every load. A clogged filter can laundry so that you’re doing full loads. Read the manuals damage your dryer, reduce its efficiency, and become Self-cleaning ovens generally have upgraded insulation. that come with your washer and dryer. Learn how to use a fire hazard. Because of this, they tend to be more energy efficient. 1 This number is the expected annual energy consumption of the appliance in kilowatt hours. The lower the number, the higher the savings. 1 2 3 2 The energy consumption indicator shows you how this model compares to others in its class. The bar below the indicator gives the energy efficiency range for the class. The further the indicator is to the left end of the scale, the better. 3 This bar shows you the energy consumption of the most and least efficient appliances in this class. In this case, the most efficient comparable model consumes 136 kWh per year while the least efficient uses 1,032 kWh per year. The 10-second EnerGuide comparison Here’s how to be a smarter appliance shopper in 10 seconds. First make sure you’re comparing models in the same class. Next, check the kWh number. Lower is better. Lastly, make sure the indicator is as far left as possible. That’s it. Look for the ENERGY STAR for highest efficiency The ENERGY STAR program identifies the most energy-efficient appliances on the market. ENERGY STAR-qualified: • Clothes washers use 35 to 50 per cent less water and 50 per cent less energy than the average clothes washer. •D ishwashers can be almost 50 per cent more efficient than a standard dishwasher. •R efrigerators and freezers exceed minimum federal energy-efficiency standards by at least 10 per cent.
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